Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 20 of 52
Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/TMuoxN5z_ZA “Who Says?” by Joshua Micah
https://youtu.be/Ejycllx5iwA “Unfinished” by Mandisa
A “rainbow” painted just for you: Percolated To Perfection – Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 5:7 (NKJV)
Anyone else wonder why they invented tea bags without the string?! I love the string!! The string offers an opportunity for inspiration! Who doesn’t appreciate the witty sayings, encouraging quotes and scriptures some companies add to the little tag attached to that string?! But alas (sigh) some of my favorite teas come stringless.
At times the Lord’s commands may seem like there are just too many strings attached, making life too difficult. We would prefer a stringless tea bag kind of life. That my dear friend is just the kind of thought the enemy of all life (John 10:10) would want us to percolate in and fester over in frustration. However it is often the thing that seems at first like a strangling string that in actuality is our life line!
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Cor. 10:13 That way out is up the string! The line of Truth in His Word!! If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:38
In life we will have trials that feel like hot water (maybe scalding blistering hot water even (John 16:33)) and James 5:7 tells us that if we resist the enemy he flees but what is the key to strength in the moment of resistance?! The sentence before holds the answer! Submit to God! Take the string, the line of Truth He offers you, maybe it’s the one that says, We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. 2 Cor. 4-8-9
A tea bag must be placed in hot water in order for the flavor to permeate. When we enter hot trials may what comes out of us be the flavor of the overcoming strength of Jesus. May that flavor within come from the line of Truth invading our soul so that no matter the glass we are thrown into we can percolate to perfection.
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: James 5:7 with someone
PRAY/READ: Nahum 1:7 and John 17 with someone this week
DISCUSS: Read John 15:4-5 and discuss how you take Him as your Vine, your line of Truth.
ACT: Anticipate a time in your day when you feel the weakest and place a sticky note of Truth in that area.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read Colossians 1:11 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________
*Read 1 Chronicles 16:11 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________
*Read Psalm 40:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________
*Read Deuteronomy 8:15 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Corinthians 4:18 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________
*Read Titus 3:4-5 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: ______________________________________________________________________________________
*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?
Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___